Parents of children with disability share their experience about raising a concern and being a confident advocate.
Parents talk about finding information, and planning and coordinating treatments for their child. Being an advocate means representing your child and speaking up when your child can’t. It’s a demanding role but also a fulfilling one.
(Sourced from the Raising Children website, Australia’s trusted parenting website. For more parenting information, visit www.raisingchildren.net.au.)
It’s common for parents to act as advocates for their child with a disability in many situations, even though they may not recognise it as advocacy. An advocate can be someone who can support, assist or represent another person to achieve a positive outcome in a difficult situation or meeting.
The Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) can help enable you to better advocate for your child and family. Sometimes families and carers just need information about processes or their rights and then they can advocate for themselves. We provide a level of support and information so that families or carers are more able to stand up for their child and their rights – be that in early childhood settings, education, or the NDIS. You can contact ACD on 03 9818 2000.
For more information on your rights, advocacy and the appeal process related to the NDIS, visit NDIS Rights.